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By: leelefever on March 8, 2006 - 1:53am

Sri Lanka is even more foreign than I imagined.  We've hired a driver named Mervin who is driving us arond the island.  It's a good thing too because if we had to drive here, or even take the bus, it may be a life threatening experience.  The barely two lane roads soemtimes become six lanes, packed with busses, cars, three wheelers and trucks.  Is really amazing to watch.

The people are wonderful - very laid back, friendly and interested in all things western.  We are as foreign to some of them as they are to us and it is a weird feeling- almost like celebrity.  We have not met a single American here, but there seems to be some Englidh, Dutch and German tourists.  The tsunami was a major hit on the local tourist economy, even though the vast majority of sights were untouched.  Terrorism has been a worry in the past (before 2001), but things are peaceful now and we feel very safe.

As you might imagine, Sri Lanka doesn't have a big Internet Cafe culture, so our posting has been a bit lax. But, we're taking lots of pictures that will appear here on the site soon.

Yesterday I rode an elephant into 6 feet of water and almost had a sandal stolen by a monkey.  Today I wore a sarong at a Buddhist temple. Sachi is recovering from a small stomach issue, but is almost at full strength again.   

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By: Mom (not verified) on March 8, 2006 - 6:45am
 What a wonderful experience!! I know you two are in a state of wonder. I would just love to experience something like that. I know we could do it but at our ages we hesitate to be adventuresome.sorry about the stomach problem.Hope it clears up soon. Keep one another safe. Have fun!! Mom
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By: Mark on March 8, 2006 - 1:14pm
The way I see it, if the monkey wants your sandal.... just give it. You never know what a monkey will do, possibly bite you, most likely throw feces at you... but all you know is that it can do a lot more harm to you than you to it. Make sure you keep it real and drop it like it's HOT! I'm out

By: leelefever on March 8, 2006 - 7:58pm
I do get a little sketched out by the monkeys, thinking back The Hot Zone. They are quite a pest here, pilfering food from home and destroying property. They are fun to watch though.